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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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60                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Huck, e. The pod of a pea.
Children get the pods and cry to each other,— " Pea-pod hucks, Twenty for a pin; If you doant like 'em I'll take 'em back agin."
Huck, e. A hard blow or knock rudely given.
Huck, e. To spread anything about, such as manure.
Huckle-bone, e. The small bone found in the joint of the knee of a sheep, used by children for playing the game of dibs.
Dr. Clarke, in his travels in Russia, 1810, vol. 1., p. 177, says, "In all the villages and towns from Moscow to Woronetz, as in other parts of Russia, are seen boys, girls, and some­times old men, playing with the joint bones of sheep. This game is called dibbs by the English. It is of very remote antiquity; for I have seen it very beautifully represented on Grecian vases, particularly on a vase in the collection of the late Sir William Hamilton, where a female figure appeared most gracefully delineated kneeling upon one knee, with her right arm extended, the palm downwards, and the bones ranged along the back of her hand and arm; a second is in the act of throwing up the bones in order to catch them. In this manner the Russians play the game."
Huckle-my-buff, e. A beverage composed of beer, eggs and brandy.
Huckmuck, w. A wicker strainer used in brewing.
Huff, e. To scold or take to task.
Huffy, e. Liable to take offence.
Hugger-mugger, m. In disorder; without system.
"We have done but greenly in hugger-mugger to inter him."
Hamlet, Act iv. sc. 5. Hull, e. To throw. (See Holl.)
Hull, m. [Hulze, Dutch, a shell of a pea; a case.] The husk or chaff of corn; the shell of a nut; the pod of peas.
Hull, zy. To shell peas; to strip off the outside covering of anything.
Humble-cow, e. A cow without horns.
Hunch, m. A nudge.
"I thought they were sweethearts, because I see him give her a hunch in church with his elbow."
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